Whether you’re choosing residential gates or commercial gates, the weatherability of the product should be a deciding factor. When it comes to weather warnings, most people forget the perils of strong weather on their gates. Here are our top tips for protecting your gates in any climate.
Sun and Heat
Sun may appear to be the optimum weather for your gates however, dependent on the materials used, sun can be harmful. Sun isn’t a prominent issue for automated gates however, it can cause trouble for those with wooden gates. Over time, wooden gates can fade as the sun acts as a natural bleach.
Heat can also cause issues, especially if the fence is very rigid and doesn’t allow for expansion and contraction. When subjected to prolonged heat or sun exposure, wood can weaken causing your beautiful gate to split or crack.
To combat potential damage from the sun’s harsh rays, we recommend using a high quality stain or oil. Using a stain once will not guarantee permanent protection, so be sure to treat your gate regularly before summer begins. We recommend using a high quality stain or oil and spending a day treating your fence allowing for time to dry.
Rain can have a negative impact on your gates whether they are wooden or metal. With wooden gates, moisture can soak into the permeable material causing it to swell, sag or even warp. Sometimes, rain can also cause minor holes which can expand if left untreated. Metal gates are not always impervious to rain. Iron gates for example, are notorious for rusting in the rain, so be sure to take the right steps to prevent your gates from degrading over time.
Small holes can be filled with putty which is readily available in many DIY stores. Simply block the hole with putty and allow to dry to prevent further damage from occurring. For metal gates it is ideal if you have chosen a gate made with a waterproof material however, don’t worry if you haven’t. As rust can be removed, some people will use a grinder but a drawback of a grinder is that it can take the paint with the rust! Instead, we recommend using a stiff wire brush to scrape away the rust.
Snow and Ice
Snow and ice can cause similar issues to rain damage. Wooden gates may be susceptible to warping when exposed to the moisture that makes up snow and ice. Cold temperatures can also cause metal to become brittle, while heavy snow can place pressure on gates causing a collapse.
We always advise choosing a strong and durable gate and having it installed professionally whenever possible. Use waterproof treatments prior to winter to reduce the damage and be sure to brush off snow as it piles high on your gate to reduce strain.
Strong winds can cause gates to twist, wobble or even tear away from their hinges so the material used for your gates is important. Choosing materials that are resistant to corrosion will help your gates to last longer. You should also choose a sturdy design and have it professionally installed to ensure that it won’t blow away next time there’s a gale. Use our gate builder to create a gate that suits your needs, or opt for a strong metal gate that won’t sag in the weather.
While these preventative measures should help you to protect your gates from extreme conditions, there is one final option. Here at Portcullis, we also offer a maintenance and repair service so if your gates are already damaged why not see if we can fix them?